Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts
The Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts is part of the Roman Curia of the Catholic Church. While the council took on its current form under Pope John Paul II and Pastor Bonus, similar councils had been in existence since Pope Benedict XV's Pontifical Commission for the Authentic Interpretation of the Code of Canon Law in 1917. The council serves primarily to interpret the laws of the Church, though it also provides legal support for the Roman Curia, examines the decrees of the bishops' conferences, and ensures that the Church is following the pope's teachings. The current President of the Council is Francis Cardinal Coccopalmerio.